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Managing diurnal changes in rumen pH of cattle grazing fodder beet

This project aims to quantify rumen pH changes in cattle who are grazing fodder beet crops.


This will allow for greater understanding of managing intake dynamics and manipulating the rumen to optimise its function.

High water soluble carbohydrate (sugar) feed sources such as fodder beet, predispose cattle to low rumen pH conditions.

Little is known on the extent of rumen pH fluctuations in these cattle who are grazing fodder beet over the long-term. A greater understanding of rumen conditions will direct methods of pH manipulation to optimise rumen function.

Key methodology: 

  • Work within existing fodder beet research project on farm trial sites (5) throughout south east of South Australia.
  • Rumen pH loggers and/or rumen cannulations for rumen fluid sampling.
Wayne Pitchford


Professor Wayne Pitchford

Co-supervisors: Dr Michael Wilkes | Dr Michelle Hebart

Research area: Production animal health; ruminant science

Recommended honours enrolment: Honours in Animal Science

Tagged in Honours projects - Animal science, Honours projects - Wayne Pitchford, Honours projects - Michelle Hebart, Honours in Animal Science subtheme - Production animal health

STEM Careers Night: On-campus and online

Whether you're still at high school or planning to join us mid-year, taking a break from study or rethinking your career path, come chat with us at our STEM Careers Night.

You and your parents are invited to join us on campus on Tuesday 18 May 2021 to see what’s available in the world of STEM.

STEM Careers Night